Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Indian Perspective

  • Lalitha Pillai
  • Sureshkumar G. Mehta
  • Bhushan L. Chaudhari
Reference work entry


Since its introduction PTSD has been a topic for debate relating to its validity as a clinical construct, its clinical relevance in various situations, transcultural issues related with it, and even core symptoms associated with diagnostic construct. Studies from India have shown its presence as a psychiatric morbidity after various natural as well as man-made disasters, though to a variable extent. Search for PTSD postdisaster in affected population has been useful in identifying people in need of psychosocial interventions. However, it has been stressed by many researchers that cultural aspects, local psychosocial framework, and coping strategies specific to the population have major clinical and therapeutic implications as far as PTSD is concerned.


Post-traumatic stress disorder India Disaster Culture Religious counselling Faith healing Ayurveda Yoga 

List of Abbreviations


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 3rd Edition, Revised


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition


Generalized anxiety disorder


General health questionnaire 12 item

ICD 10

International Classification of Diseases 10th Edition


International Classification of Diseases 10th Edition: Diagnostic Criteria for Research


Indian Council of Medical Research


Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview for children and adolescents


Post-traumatic stress disorder


Post-traumatic symptom scale


Schedules for clinical assessment in neuropsychiatry


Self-reporting questionnaire


Voluntary Health Association of India


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lalitha Pillai
    • 1
  • Sureshkumar G. Mehta
    • 2
  • Bhushan L. Chaudhari
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medicine and Critical CareAundh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research CenterAundh PuneIndia
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryDr. D. Y. Patil Medical CollegePuneIndia

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